Aug. 24, 2012
MOBILE, Ala.-Marshall senior wide receiver Aaron Dobson has been named to the Senior Bowl’s first-ever Watch List, as was announced this week by Executive Director Phil Savage.
It was just the latest honor for the Herd's top wideout. He has already been named to the preseason All-Conference USA team by the league’s coaches and Blue Ribbon, in addition to the Biletnikoff and College Football Performance Awards Watch Lists.
A season ago, Marshall’s All-American defensive end Vinny Curry played in the Senior Bowl and had a performance that helped catapult him into the second round of this year’s NFL Draft where he taken 59th overall by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Dobson, a senior from Dunbar who tied for second in the league with 12 touchdown catches last season, had 49 receptions for 668 yards in 2011 and was named the Most Valuable Player in the Herd's 20-10 victory over FIU in the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl. During that contest, the 6-foot-3 Dobson hauled in two touchdown passes of 30-plus yards from quarterback Rakeem Cato, including a game-clinching 35-yarder with just 30 seconds remaining.
He also had breakout performances in a win over eventual C-USA champion Southern Miss (7 catches, 69 yards, 2 TD), a two-TD showing in a loss at Houston and a masterful game in a bowl bid-clinching, 34-27 overtime win against East Carolina. That day, Dobson dazzled fans with a four-catch, 110-yard performance that saw him race to the end zone with a 77-yard scoring pass on the game's first play from scrimmage and a leaping, backhanded 13-yard TD grab just before halftime that became a viral social media sensation almost immediately.
The top 100 seniors in the country will be invited to participate in the 2013 Senior Bowl, set for Saturday, January 26th in Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Appearing on the Watch List is not a requirement for a player to earn an invitation to the Senior Bowl.
“The Senior Bowl is very pleased to announce our first-ever ‘official’ Watch List,” Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage said. “We want both college and pro football fans to enjoy tracking the players on our list as they begin their journey towards the Senior Bowl and the 2013 NFL Draft. We have included prospects from almost every level of the college game and look forward to monitoring their progress throughout the upcoming season.”
Marshall will begin its 2012 campaign with a trip to Morgantown, W.Va. on Saturday, September 1 to take on the 11th-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers at noon ET. The game will also be televised on FX.